Chinch bugs are notorious surface feeding insects that cause extensive damage to the lawn when left untreated. Damage is most common during the stressful Summer months when chinch bugs actively feed throughout the nymphal stage of their life cycle.
Chinch bugs live in the thatch layer of the lawn, where they feed on the grass and cause damage. They use their mouth to pierce each leaf blade and suck the plant juices, causing it to turn brown and die.
The damage created by chinch bugs looks very similar to that of heat and drought stress, making it difficult without close inspection to determine if the stress is being caused by drought or insects.
Albeit very tiny, chinch bugs can cause extensive damage in a short period of time. This damage can be permanent and the lawn cannot recover on its own if the chinch bug problem is left untreated.
Chinch bug control applications are designed to effectively target the nymphal life stage of the insect when they are most vulnerable, actively feeding and causing damage.
Improving your cultural practices and repairing any damage is the key to overcoming a chinch bug problem. If you have damage to your lawn but aren't sure what it is, speak to our expert lawn care technicians so you know what you're working with.
Talk to your local Nutri-Lawn to learn more about our Insect Control services, as well as other ecology friendly lawn care services catered for your area.